The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962, has a membership of four hundred and seventy seven of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewellery and accessory designers. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. a separate not-for-profit organization, was created to raise funds for charity and industry activities. In addition to hosting CFDA Fashion Awards; launching IMPACT which fights racial discrimination and CDFA Fashion Incubator to support new fashion designers in New York, CFDA also owns the Fashion Calendar.
Founded by Eleanor Lambert who believed in the potential of American fashion and spent more than seventy years tirelessly creating the institutions, the legends and the spectacular events that put American fashion on the map, she changed the way the world views and experiences fashion. Hailing from the world of art in the Twenties and Thirties, she initially represented American artists who were on par with their European counterparts. Ironically, convincing American fashion editors as not without challenges even though Lambert was one of the most prolific publicists in fashion, interior design and other areas of the arts and philanthropy in addition to being a pioneer in bringing American fashion to its current stature.
To strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy.
To create the institutions, the legends and the spectacular events that put American fashion on the map and change the way the world views and experiences fashion.
The not-for-profit trade association, Council of Fashion Designers of America, was founded in 1962 and has a membership of over four hundred of America’s lading womenswear, menswear, jewellery and accessory designers. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. a separate not-for-profit organization, was created to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages Fashion Targets Breast Cancer; raises funds for HIV and AIDS organizations; addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative; and is a key participant in other programs such as the annual, supremely popular Fashion’s Night Out.
The. association is acclaimed for hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards which celebrates excellence in fashion design. In February 2021, the association developed IMPACT, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, to identify, connect, support and nurture the historically underrepresented communities in fashion. Led by the CFDA in conjunction with IMPACT’s Black Advisory Board, the program links business professionals to fashion brands and stakeholders for opportunity, education and sharing. Of equal importance is CDFA Fashion Incubator, a business development program to assist the next generation of fashion designers in New York. Yet another important development by the association is the CFDA Scholarship Fund which is designed to support exemplary fashion talentIn 2022, the CFDA will continue to invest in the fashion ecosystem with the goal to award scholarships worth $500,000 to underrepresented student design talent, therefore building a more inclusive, just and equitable future for people and planet.